Investigators early Friday morning booked a 24-year-old Modesto man on suspicion of murder in the deaths of two people at his home near the Del Rio Country Club north of Modesto.
Cameron Richard Terhune was arrested Thursday night by Modesto police officers at an undisclosed location, according to sheriff's spokesman deputy Royjindar Singh.
He was booked into Stanislaus County Jail at 3 a.m.
Officials have not released any information as of Friday afternoon about the people found dead inside the house at 201 Stewart Road, in an affluent neighborhood just west off McHenry Avenue and down the street from the country club. Coroner officials had not been able to positively identify the bodies as of noon Friday.
Autopsies for the two victims began at 1 p.m.
Singh said coroner officials would lift fingerprints off the bodies during the autopsies. He said that would be their first attempt in positively identifying the victims.
Sheriff's officials hope to release the name of the two victims by Friday evening.
Singh wouldn't release any information on their age or gender, how they died or if a weapon was found at the scene.
Singh declined to comment when asked if there was any relation between the suspect and the two people.
Public records show that Cameron Terhune lives at the home along with Kenneth Terhune, 65, Diane Terhune, 56, and Elliott Terhune.
Singh confirmed the suspect lived at the home, and said the rest of the residents who live there had been accounted for Thursday night.
Singh said the incident began when a family member, a male who lives at the home, called sheriff's officials late Thursday morning to report the deaths.
The family member was with sheriff's officials Thursday night, but Singh declined to release any further details, including how he is related to the suspect and the two people who died.
Based on the "credible" information given by the family member, Singh said, the sheriff's Special Weapons And Tactics team was called to search the home. He would not say why the SWAT team was asked to search the house instead of patrol deputies or detectives.
SWAT team members went into the house at 1:30 p.m. and found the two bodies. Singh would not say where the bodies were found. Once deputies determined there was nobody else in the house, they left and applied for a search warrant, Singh said.
Sheriff Adam Christianson said since they knew nobody in the house was in immediate danger, the investigators would need a search warrant to collect any evidence and examine the crime scene.
Crime scene investigators were still awaiting the search warrant at 10 p.m.
Deputies cordoned off the area in front of the house at Stewart and Grove Pointe Way. Stewart was closed to traffic for several hours, but several nearby residents were allowed to walk down the street to get closer to the home.
According to Singh, investigators have not determined whether the Sheriff's Department had been called to the residence before.
Nick and Shirley Trani have lived for seven years at a home on Blossom View Place about a block south from where the two bodies were found.
"We heard some young son killed his parents," Shirley Trani said after she and her husband talked to other neighbors and a sheriff's official. "This is a complete shock to our neighborhood."
The Tranis were worried that the two people found dead were Kenneth and Diane Terhune, who lived at the home and were often seen walking their small dogs through the neighborhood.
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"They're really nice people," Nick Trani said. "When you would see them, they're always waving hello with smiles on their faces. We're hoping it wasn't these people."
The couple said they didn't remember hearing any commotion, including gunfire, in the morning.
The nearby residents said the neighborhood is very quiet with an active neighborhood watch group and vigilant neighbors on the lookout for burglaries and other property crimes. A homicide, let alone two, was something they would never expect to see so close to their homes.
"It's more common to see people riding on the street in their golf carts on the way to play at the golf course," said 27-year-old Suzie Yonan, who lives with her family three houses down the street from where the bodies were found. Yonan said her family did not know the people who lived at the house.
Before he was elected sheriff, Christianson was a lieutenant responsible for the area command that encompasses the Del Rio area. He said the neighborhood is used to seeing burglaries and other property crimes.
"This is a quiet community that doesn't see these type of investigations," Christianson said about Thursday's double homicide. "But any homicide is always a tragedy in whichever community it occurs."
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2394.